Does anyone know of a program that will extract all the e-mail addresses from a text file, even if its got loads of text and other stuff in between.
Basically, I want to save an item of junk mail as a text file, then run a program on it to get a list of e-mail addresses I can then use to send one back to every single one of them so that I can advise them not to send me any more junk mail...
The thing is... its got loads of To: From: and Cc: entries
as well as replies and forwards
Therefore, theres quite a few e-mail addresses, too many to extract manually.
November 24th, 2001, 08:54 PM
It may sound weird...
ignore / delete the unwanted SPAM!
Do not respond!
From a spammers point of view.... (I'm not a spammer, never have been, never want to be!)
If you reply / flame them, to either their reply-to address or their real point of origin (read all the headers) it tells them that your email is real and working....
Then your email address will get sold onto hundreds / thousands of 'working' "Email Lists" in no time...
...you've got a tenfold increase on your own intake of Spam!
Delete the emails!
Filter them to /dev/null, whatever!!
Your wasting time trying to reply to these *****ers, active email address's are their bread and butter.
And another note of caution..
The To: 'line' of a spam email contains a small snapshot of other poor *****ers getting the same unwanted email, look to the headers for the origin and leave the recipients alone.
If possible filter your email before you download it, if the emails are HTML'd then you also run a risk of having a 1x1 transparent image (or any of the on-line content) logging the working email on some temporary or permanent web-server.
If I wanted to see what IP your on, I send you a HTML email with a graphic uniquely referenced on my website, you read it (whilst on-line) and great... my web server log tells me that dialup.sucker.isp.com just fetched my imaginary image,
then I know...
1. Your email is working
2. You read the email
3. Your ip address for a (given period of time)
4. A good guess at your OS (if your not via proxy)
I hope this helps,
My suspicion is that every single opt-out address is just an invitation to receive more unwanted shite in yer email.
Don't try an opt-address unless your over 95% confident it's legit.
November 24th, 2001, 09:03 PM
i cant really see that there will be anyway to do this... as the email addresses have nothing disimilar to the text of the message. however, if you were to say post the text on the site and have automatically parse urls then the addresses would come up as mailto: hyperlinks i think lemme try ....
Yeh, Sorry I should've made it clearer... I'm aware of all that, its not spam as such, just friends sending annoying forwarded mail about love and how good the world is & it annoys me... and i'd remove the To: section from the text file...
I just wanna send an e-mail to everyone its from telling em not to send me any more cos it annoys me... But i guess I'll just delete it like I usually do!
Thanks for your advice, anyway, but i already knew most if it.
Interesting comment about the Opt-Out addresses... I hadn't thought bout that before!
November 24th, 2001, 09:06 PM
Hey! Thats a good idea - i can write a web page that turns real URLs into a URL, then paste the lot into it... or even FrontPage or Word 2000 would do it
Anyway, Ive decided to just leave it, they are my friends and I guess they dont realise it annoys me - I'm givin them the benefit of the doubt!